UNE: United for a New Economy

Contact Information

7760 W. 38th Ave, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge
CO
80033
303-936-0503

United for a New Economy (UNE Colorado) is a grassroots organization of everyday people working together to advance our values of respect, equity, human rights, people power and democracy as we advocate for local, state and national laws and policies that builds a new economy that works for everyone. Organizing families, youth, workers, seniors, unions, immigrants, communities of color, refugees and faith leaders, UNE Colorado will build power in their communities in a way that not only delivers important wins but transforms the entire future.

All of us at UNE Colorado are energized by our new direction and renewed commitment to building a member-led. If you share our vision, please join us and become a member to build the people power we need to build a new economy.

Vision

United for a New Economy (UNE) works towards its vision by building community power through organizing; community activism and innovative policy solutions.

Mission

United for a New Economy (UNE) envisions vibrant, strong communities where ALL community members have a voice in the decisions that impact them, access to economic security; which includes affordable housing and good jobs and the ability to live free of racism and fear.

Values

Respect: We see a world where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. This means that no inequality, racism, patriarchy and any form of oppression. Everyone deserves to live without fear or violence.

Equity: No one deserves to be left behind. We see our neighbors sharing their stories and holding big corporations, elected officials and decision makers accountable. We see a world where the system is balanced by meeting people where they are without judgement and dictation of rights and resources.

Democracy & Human Rights: Our country is built on the principle that everyone has a right to stand up and fight. All of us should have thriving neighborhoods with affordable housing, good job, and a voice in building an economy that works for everyone.

Collaboration: We believe that alone we cannot achieve our bold vision. It requires collaboration and partnership at all levels. We build and strengthen transformative strategic partnership and impactful solidarity for the long term.

People Power: We see our neighbors who have everything to lose and still take the streets to rally for unity and dignity, because we see that our destinies are intertwined. In a time when so many families struggle just to make ends meet and face open racial discrimination, the movement needs to focus more on organizing and developing leaders to build grassroots people power we need to build a new economy that works for everyone.

News Articles

Partnership for Working Families | May 7, 2014

Thanks to Partnership affiliate FRESC’s leadership in the fight against wage theft, the Wage Protection Act (SB 5) passed out of the Colorado legislature yesterday and is headed to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk for signature!

Partnership for Working Families | April 2, 2014

“This is one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the world and will provide clean air, good jobs and recycling for all.” –Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Daily News

By a 12-1 vote of City Council, the City of Los Angeles just passed the new Zero Waste LA policy championed by LAANE and the Don't Waste LA Coalition!

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2013

In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.

FRESC | August 15, 2013

The reopening of the western line of FasTracks, the region’s light rail system, in July was a big victory for workers in Denver. 9to5 led a campaign supported by Partnership affiliate, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities, which collected more than 400 signatures for a petition calling on Denver’s Regional Transportation District to restore the recently cut bus lin

FRESC | February 25, 2013

It has been called “the crime wave no one talks about.” FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities is changing that—getting Coloradoans talking about, and doing something about, the wage theft crime wave.  

Partnership for Working Families | November 26, 2012

On Black Friday, shoppers looking for holiday bargains weren’t the only ones at Walmart.  Walmart workers and supporters rallied in 1,000 protests across 46 states. The actions had two goals: educating shoppers about the abysmal working conditions in Wal-Mart stores and suppliers; and showing strong solidarity to prevent Walmart bosses from retaliating against participating workers.    

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

The Partnership congratulates four members of our network who were selected as winners of the REVERB spring grants program. An initiative of the Progressive Technology Project, REVERB is designed to help social justice organizations develop effective ways to align their organizing, communications, and technology efforts.

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. The Partnership is proud to sponsor the gatherings and supports our partners from Boston, Los Angles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Atlanta who are participating or have organized sessions at the regional events.

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

In February, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities and the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council hosted a day-long training designed to deepen relationships between construction trades unions and their community partners.

FRESC | June 17, 2011

Together, the Partnership for Working Families is building the next generation of leaders in our cities, leading change from the ground up.

That is exactly what is taking place in Denver.

You can see the power our movement has built in the recent results of the Denver municipal elections. FRESC and our allies will have four champions on City Council. Last month, Denver voters elected FRESC Program Director and Staff Attorney Robin Kniech as City Councilwoman At- Large, making her the first out LGBT elected official to serve in city government. On June 7th, in a run-off election District 1 voters elected Susan Shepherd, former Denver Area Labor Federation Political Director, to represent them. They both join former FRESC Executive Director and current City Council President Chris Nevitt and former union organizer Paul Lopez on Council. With these champions and several other allies on Council, we anticipate a majority on our 13 seat City Council. In addition, Mayor-elect Michael Hancock attended FRESC’s candidate forum and signed our pledge to prioritize good jobs and strong communities if elected mayor.

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Employment Opportunities

  • United for a New Economy (UNE)​ ​is a member-led nonprofit organization committed to building grassroots power in communities around the Denver metro area to ensure that our economic and political systems work for all Coloradans, especially low income people, communities of color, and immigrants. UNE’s work is driven by community members and the problems that impact their daily lives.

  • We seek an experienced organizer and manager with political campaign experience to become Managing Director of a new dynamic 501(c)4 sister organization to FRESC. The new Managing Director will report to the Executive Director of FRESC and will receive intensive and regular support and training from both FRESC and staff at the Center for Popular Democracy.